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Royal Flying Doctor Service to take off with Manly thanks to Lottoland

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1st August , 2017

The Lottoland logo has sat proudly on the back of the Manly Sea Eagles jersey for each of the team’s games of the 2017 NRL season, but that won’t be the case when the Top 8 side heads to New Zealand in August.

Lottoland has organised for its prime back-of-jersey spot to be replaced by the logo of The Royal Flying Doctor Service for Manly’s penultimate regular season game against the NZ Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday 27 August.

The donation will give The Royal Flying Doctor Service an opportunity to build upon its brand awareness in front of the home crowd and large television audience in Australia and New Zealand.

This latest gesture continues Lottoland’s commitment to The Royal Flying Doctor Service and follows the Darwin-based betting company’s pledge to donate $25,000 to them, as well as an additional $25 for each entrant in September’s iconic Lottoland Mitchell Street Million Dollar Mile running race around the Darwin CBD.

Founded in 1928 by the Reverend John Flynn the Royal Flying Doctor Service is today one of the biggest aeromedical organisations in the world, and has become a vital service for those living, working and travelling in rural and remote Australia. The charity provides extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service over a vast area, covering some 7.3 million square kilometres.

RFDS General Manager Northern Territory Michael Toomey says the RFDS is proud to be the Charity Partner of this wonderful community event for the third year.

“We appreciate the generous donation from Major Sponsor Lottoland, which will directly benefit our capital-raising program for the replacement of our ‘flying intensive care units’ – at a cost of more than $7 million each,” Mr Toomey said.


For further information please contact :

Luke Brill

CEO Lottoland Australia

[email protected]


About Lottoland Australia

Since launching in Australia January 2016, Lottoland Australia has registered over 500,000 Australian players. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery playing experience, has been key to the company’s success.

Lottoland boasts a range of exciting options that set it apart from the competition. By using an insurance-backed business model, Lottoland can offer features such as DoubleJackpot – allowing players to double their jackpot winnings on any lottery.

Players are able to bet on the outcomes of the biggest lotteries from around the world, with mega jackpots available seven days a week. Major draws available to bet on at Lottoland include all local Australian Lotteries and international  lotteries such as the EuroMillions, EuroJackpot and America’s PowerBall and MegaMillions lotteries.

Lottoland Australia PTY LTD has offices in both Sydney and Darwin and is regulated and licensed by the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission. Globally Lottoland has over 6 million customers with 11 offices across 4 continents.


About the Royal Flying Doctors service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, then known as the Aerial Medical Service, under the control of the Australian Inland Mission, became operational on May 15, 1928. The first flying doctor of the service was Dr K St Vincent Welch and the first flying doctor pilot, Arthur Affleck of Qantas. Qantas, today a major international airline, was in those days still a small bush airline, known as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S).

The first aircraft used by the newly established Service was a de Havilland DH-50A; a single engine, timber and fabric biplane, which cruised at 80 miles an hour and could carry, apart from the pilot, a doctor, a nurse or sitting patient and stretcher.
The Service’s first and for some years only base, was at Cloncurry in Western Queensland. The first year’s service was regarded as experimental, but that experiment succeeded and almost miraculously survived the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.

However, the growth of the service made heavy demands on available funds and repeatedly John Flynn and his associates had to launch public appeals for donations upon which the service – still today – so heavily relies.

While some Government financial aid was made available on occasions in the early days of the service, Government subsides (both Federal and State) on a regular basis became an established practice later on. Even today the service continues to rely heavily on money from trusts, donations and public appeals.

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